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Disease-carrying ticks moving deeper into Northland

Experts tell the Duluth News-Tribune it used to be rare to catch a tick-borne illness such as Lyme disease north of Duluth, “but now it’s a fairly routine thing.” The Associated Press takes a look at a new map showing Lyme disease risk areas, and a video from Howcast can help you recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, which, if caught early, often doesn't turn into a debilitating illness.
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People in the Duluth area or farther north rarely showed up at doctors' offices with tick-born illnesses in the past, according to health experts, but "now it's a fairly routine thing." The News-Tribune reports experts say blacklegged ticks are moving deeper north into the Arrowhead.

Researchers who have spent years tracking ticks just released detailed new maps that pinpoint the areas where those venturing outdoors are most likely to encounter Lyme disease. Parts of northern Minnesota and nearly all of Wisconsin are among the highest-risk areas. Check out the Associated Press report.

Many people don't even notice deer tick bites, and Lyme disease can cause serious long-term complications. But most people can make a full recovery, especially if they catch it early. Here's how to recognize the symptoms:

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